Barkerville shares up 20% after spectacular discovery
Shares in Barkerville Gold Mines (CVE:BGM) rocketed on Monday after the company announced the latest set of drill results from its flagship Cariboo project in British Columbia.
On the TSX Venture Exchange BGM exchanged hands for $1.11 a share around midday in Toronto, up 20% from Thursday's close for a market valuation of $390 million. Volumes were approaching 3m shares by lunchtime, four times usual volumes. Barkerville stock is up a spectacular 148% in 2017 with most gains coming over just the last month on a steady stream of positive news from its massive 1,177 square km Cariboo land position which includes six past producing mines.
Monday's drilling results included some spectacular intercepts from its ongoing 130,000m drilling program at its Island Mountain and Valley Zones including:
Island Mountain Shaft Zone drillhole IM-17-072 has discovered a formerly unidentified wide network of high tenor veining grading 19.20 g/t Au over 54.40 metres including 32.06 g/t Au over 30.70 metres. This new intersection consists of several higher-grade intervals including 272.00 g/t Au over 0.50 metres, 760.00 g/t Au over 0.85 metres, 64.20 g/t Au over 0.50 metres, 42.80 g/t Au over 0.50 metres, 65.40 g/t Au over 1.50 metres and 15.80 g/t Au over 1.15 metres. An intensely silica altered and pyritized sandstone package hosts this dense network of mineralized veining. Located 250 metres vertically below surface in the Shaft Zone, this auriferous occurrence is untested by drilling above and below the intersection and is open for expansion. In addition to the aforementioned intersection, IM-17-072 also established auriferous veining grading 25.00 g/t Au over 2.85 metres located 25 metres below surface, 16.55 g/t Au over 5.45 metres 100 metres vertically below surface, followed by 9.41 g/t Au over 3.30 metres 110 metres below surface
We envision this camp as a 20-year plus asset
Chris Lodder, president and CEO of Barkerville said: “These intersections are some of the best to date on Island Mountain that continues to produce new zones of higher grade, wide zones of gold mineralization. We will be following up with both wide spaced step out and closer infill drilling in this area to better determine dimensions of this potentially strongly mineralized vein corridor”.
Earlier in April the junior explorer announced permits to begin small-scale underground production at the property’s Bonanza Ledge deposit which it hopes to start up in July and proces at its own mill located 110km south of the property.
Northern Miner's Lesley Stokes spoke to Lodder and in the interview posted last week told the paper that "underground mining would be a test for future production at Cow and Island Mountains — the details of which would be outlined in a feasibility study expected in 2018":
“We’ll start with something small so we can learn how to mine these deposits from underground, and then apply it to the rest of the property,” Lodder says, noting the vein-hosted and replacement-style orogenic gold deposits fall within a 67 km long belt of prospective rocks.
“Anything we build for the long-term will have to be scalable, because we expect to find deposits along the entire length of the mineralized trend .… We envision this camp as a 20-year plus asset,” he adds.
The company finished a 60,000m program at Cow Mountain in 2016 and in March last year Barkerville updated the resource estimate for Cow Mountain outlining indicated resources totalling 2.8 million ounces of gold at an average grade of 2.4 g/t. Inferred resources total 2 million ounces at 2.3 g/t.
Click here for the full Northern Miner interview (paywall).